I dabble in watercolor and aspire to being one of those people who hikes out to some gorgeous spot and memorializes the moment in a few quick strokes. Well, I can dream.
To this end, I have tried to find a travel palette that I liked but to no avail. I finally decided to make what I wanted. I affixed magnetic stripes to empty half pans and repurposed a metal Acme pen case. The beauty is that I can dedicate each half pan to a specific color, swap out colors as I see fit, and still have plenty of room for a couple of brushes and a pencil and pen. And the entire case fits in a coat pocket.
It’s funny how much satisfaction a little project like this can provide.
And so, I have made it to week 5. Each week, I keep a short list in my notebook of what I want to accomplish creatively. This week, the list didn’t happen, primarily because I have a book to review and reading takes up my precious bits of creative time. Still, I did find ways to be creative.
1. Rachel Reinert’s Color Workshop: I managed to complete Rachel’s highlighting and shadowing project. I like how this turned out. Furthermore, I genuinely enjoyed the time I took to work through this project. I was very happily absorbed, and that feeling counts for a lot with me.
2. William Sonoma’s The New Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Lemon Vinaigrette Couscous with Raisins: This one is absolutely delicious. The house smells fantastic with spices I don’t typically use, and hungry teens seem to be lurking in the shadows around the slow cooker. I’m calling that a win.
3. Photography: I posted an entry in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for the subject of variations on a theme. I have also been goofing around more with my Nikon D500 and Picasa and posted several pictures that made me smile.
4. Daily Prompt Books: This week I dabbled in some of my daily prompt books. I certainly didn’t do so with any consistency. Still, grabbing a prompt and writing or drawing for a few minutes let me exercise my creative muscle without feeling too invested in an outcome. The books I’m working through at the moment are Draw Every Day Draw Every Way and A Writer’s Book of Days, and they seem to suit me quite well. That said, I will not post any pictures from these exercises because I need a place to simply learn without an audience watching. (Thank you, Pierr, for the good advice.)
With that, I’ve completed my fifth week of the 365 Somethings Project. I think I’ve created enough of a fledgling habit to justify to myself announcing my goals and parameters for my project in my sixth week. So, it’s finally time to reveal my master plan . . . . 😉
I am taking a watercolor class. This is our first assignment. I do not like the results in any way. Most likely, I will finish this and try to repaint this project again before class. However, I’ve decided to memorialize this mess on the blog because ultimately, a work in progress is still progress. I still made time to get something done, and the only way to improve is to pick up the brushes and make mistakes.